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The attacking tactic in Koi no takinobori ryu.

This tactic is very interesting for forceful styles of fighting arts because it lets:

  • Achieve success quickly;
  • Realize one's physical abilities;
  • Avoid disputable bouts;
  • Achieve success in committing some special tasks in operations;
  • Compensate blanks in technique and in general physical training.

Nowadays there are some sports techniques oriented towards the primary use of attacking actions. These are Kekushinkai, Ashihara-karate, Daido-Juku, and also all kinds of wrestling. That is why it is essential to systematize attacking techniques.

First of all let's examine the distance in fighting. A good feeling of distance allows to realize technical abilities and conduct passive defense. There are several types of distance:

  • out-of-fighting,
  • remote,
  • medium,
  • and critical.

And some particular technical actions are appropriate for every type of distance.

A connection can include 1 to 4 blows within one tactic activity. This particular quantity of blows has an objective explanation. If the attacker does not achieve any success in 4 blows, it means that:

  • The blows were technically wrong;
  • The distance or the position used for attacking was wrong;
  • The opponent's defense let him compensate the attack.

In these cases one should stop attacking. Then anticipating the opponent's counter-attack the sportsman should breach the distance and attack again taking another technique or position towards the opponent.

A connection is also determined by individual qualities of a sportsman, and by the distance. A fighter should try to come from the out-of-fighting or remote distance to the critical one, which will let suppress the opponent, using both the technical and the physical abilities. To amplify:

  • the remote distance is the one where only kicks are possible;
  • the medium distance lets hit the opponent with the hands, knees, as well as use shorter kicks;
  • within the critical distance different grips, throws, blows with the head and elbows and ground wrestling are possible.

If a sportsman does not come closer than the medium distance during the attack, or prefers to kick from the remote one, he limits his possibilities in terms of technique choice, and does not realize his physical abilities.

Despite the fact that fighting at the critical distance can seem inappropriate to tall sportsmen with long arms, there are a lot of examples showing that a correct choice and individual adaptation of blows and throws lets these very sportsmen achieve significant success at the critical distance. Some of these examples are: Tucker and Hollifield in boxing, Verichev and Karelin in wrestling. To summarize, a correctly chosen technique allows to perform successfully within any kind of distance. A connection usually includes 3 or less blows within 2 or more distances. When choosing a distance, the principle of sequence is important, for example: two direct blows with the hands and a blow with the elbow, which means the use of the medium, medium again, and critical distance. The kicks from the remote distance are appropriate only as the last part of a connection, because they do not have a very high speed and therefore make the fighter's intentions obvious.

There are a lot of single kicks, which can shock and divert the opponent's attention, but considering the fact that nowadays the fighting arts are becoming more and more athletic, and the fighters are becoming more and more bulky within all weight categories, the inability to nerve oneself in the beginning of the attack leads to the opponent's counter-attack, because any kick breaks the attacker's balance and, consequently, his defense. The author is convinced that all the blows within a connection should be defeating. If a sportsman does not use "fencing" blows, he saves his energy and also creates a factor of dominating, which helps break the opponent's will and win the bout. While attacking, a powerful start, well-set connections and finishing the attack in time are much more important than a "fencing" prelude.

The optimum distance for the beginning of an attack is the medium one, because it allows to realize maximum of techniques . At the critical distance the power fighting is appropriate, therefore this distance is most suitable after conducting some successful actions at the medium one.

Breaching the distance while finishing the attack should be practiced thoroughly, because it is a part of passive safety and can cancel the opponent's counter-attack. The exit to the sides is preferable, especially to the left (when fighting with a right-handed person). Stepping back is too direct and can not be rapid enough, therefore the opponent has an obvious advantage for the counter-attack. Making the exit to a side a sportsman avoids the line of the counter-attack, and since the left hand (leg) is usually weaker, the exit to the left makes the situation less critical. When the distance becomes remote especially after making the exit to the side single kicks are very beneficial. Even unfinished they will stop the opponent and will create "the complex of punishment for the reply", realizing the principle of power domination.

The exchange of blows at the medium distance is extremely traumatic and dangerous, accidental hits at this distance are probable and since any unpredictable things are negative, such technique is not recommended. When the opponent is attacking with great energy, the tactic of "shuttle movements": two or three blows - and a step back, then a sudden speeding up - two or three blows - a step back, etc. This tactic allows to exhaust an aggressive opponent, not being involved in a hard exchange of blows, but keeping in mind that every attack should be punished.

There are different types of physical activities during defense and during attack - the "In-Yan" movements. Blows are characterized with hard and short muscle tense, whereas the defense is made with long muscle tense, and therefore takes more energy. At the end of a bout when a fighter is already tired, hard single blows with entering the medium distance and stable periodicity are recommended, for they keep the opponent constrained. Fighting at the critical distance is the most hard physically and therefore is not recommended at the end of a bout.

The attacking tactic allows to realize the principle of power dominating and also minimize the waste of energy and the use of defensive techniques, as well as choose a distance easily. It is very important to realize every blow in a connection, and to breach the distance timely not being involved into exchange. The technique, the quantity of blows and the distance are chosen individually. And what is the most important, attack is the base of sub-units' tactic and the dominating topic of practical section of training.

The basic ideas of Koi no takinobori ryu tactic are:

  1. No blows which are not accentuated;
  2. The individual arsenal of techniques is realized at any distance;
  3. Fighting at critical distance within the principle of power dominating prevail;
  4. The defensive techniques are reduced to passive safety.







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